Arboriculture students from Myerscough College’s Preston campus have won prizes in the 2018 Northern College Climbing Competition.

The team of level three BTEC students won £500 of arboriculture equipment for their college, impressing judges with their speedy tree-climbing in both of the competition’s categories: climbers with less than one year’s experience, and climbers with less than two years’ experience.

Students from the agricultural college’s Preston and Croxteth campuses took part, going up against learners from Reaseheath College.

The challenge is run by the Arboricultural Association, to give students an introduction to industry-standard tree climbing, building on their experience from college.

“Students from both our sites made superb times on their climbs and showed the north what awesome climbers they are. We’re proud of everyone who competed,” said Andy Taaffe, head of greenspace and creative studies at Myerscough College.

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